CR4ZY has announced
they are parting ways with all of their esports teams, including their recently acquired Dota 2 roster.
The decision was made to terminate all of their esports team contracts as part of preparing for 2021. As of September 30, all contracts have been terminated. In the announcement, the organization states, "With limited travel options, tournaments regionally locked, and lower investor/partner activity we believe it is the right time to reevaluate our strategy in 2020 and do our best to prepare for 2021."
CR4ZY will continue to focus on smaller esports projects and developing a strategy for 2021.
What does this mean for our Dota 2 community? CR4ZY was one of the few organizations fielding a North American Dota 2 team. They acquired the Fighting PandaS roster on March 3.
Still active on the roster up until the end of September were:
- Jonathan "Bryle" De Guia
- Maurice "KheZu" Gutmann
- Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling
David "MoonMeander" Tan
The squad had four second-place finishes under CR4ZY, most recently BTS Pro Series Season 3: Americas.
No word yet on whether the players will stick together to compete.
MoonMeander did speak out on Twitter following the announcement:
He goes on to question Valve's silence and the lack of tournaments confirmed for North America in 2020.
While regions such as Europe/CIS and China have tournaments with significant prize pools planned (see: ESL One Germany 2020, with $400K USD), there haven't been any announced events for North America (or North America/South Americas, as tends to be the quarantine-pairing).
The lack of prize money AND lack of opportunity to give team sponsors exposure in a tournament setting are undoubtedly straining the ability of teams and players to continue to compete. North America also tends to have higher living expenses, increasing the strain.
Valve, in their September 4 post
, has stated, "we’ve started reaching out to many more tournament organizers to offer help and financial support in order to be able to create increased coverage globally for the remainder of the year." However, after a month, there's been no more public evidence of these efforts.
Without competitive events, the NA scene will surely decline as players drop off in search of financial support in other sectors. We'll continue to watch for Valve and TOs to make event announcements in the coming weeks, and will update as it becomes clearer what the former CR4ZY players will do now that they've become free agents.